MBB Preview -- Maryland

OPPONENT Maryland (11-8, 3-5) at Iowa (11-7, 3-4)
LOCATION Carver-Hawkeye Arena | Iowa City, Iowa
DATE Wednesday, Jan. 24
TIP-OFF 6 p.m. (CT)
RADIO Hawkeye Radio Network/KRUI
TV BTN

THE SETTING

The University of Iowa men’s basketball team will host Maryland on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It is the Suits & Sneakers game in collaboration with the Coaches vs. Cancer.
• Tickets are available for $20-67.50 for adults and $15-20 for youth.

FOLLOW LIVE

Radio: Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network with Gary Dolphin (play-by-play) and Bobby Hansen (color) on the call. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and include portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Radio Network includes a 60-minute pregame show.
TV: Wednesday’s game will be televised on BTN with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (color) on the call.

OPENING TIP

  • The Hawkeyes play their second straight home game, hosting Maryland on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes have won three of their last four games and six of their last eight games since mid-December.
  • Iowa’s coaching staff will be wearing suits with their sneakers for Coaches vs. Cancer on Wednesday against Maryland.
  • Head coach Fran McCaffery won his 272nd career game on Jan. 15 at Minnesota to become the winningest coach in program history. McCaffery also has 128 Big Ten victories, the most league wins in the Iowa record books.
  • Senior Tony Perkins scored 24 points — his fourth 20-point game of the season — to go along with five rebounds and four assists in Iowa’s last game against No. 2 Purdue.
  • Sophomore Josh Dix scored a career-high 21 points at Minnesota, becoming the sixth different Hawkeye score 20+ points in a game this season. Over his last three games, Dix is averaging 15.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
  • Iowa had three players — Tony Perkins, Owen Freeman and Payton Sandfort — post double-doubles against Nebraska on Jan. 12. It was the second time this season the team has had three double-doubles in the same game (UMBC).
  • Senior Tony Perkins finished with 11 points and a career-high 15 assists in Iowa’s win over the Huskers. The 15 assists are tied with B.J. Armstrong for the second-most in a single game in program history.
  • Freeman earned his sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on Jan. 15 after scoring a career-high 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to post his third double-double of the season against Nebraska. The six honors are the ninth most in a single season in league history.
  • Freeman has three double-doubles this season — the most by a Hawkeye freshman since Luka Garza.
  • Iowa is one the nation’s top offensive teams, averaging 86.1 points in 18 games. The Hawkeyes are leading the Big Ten and rank fifth nationally. The team has scored at least 84 points in 12 games, averaging 94.9 points in wins and 72.3 points in losses.
  • The Hawkeyes are leading the Big Ten and are fourth nationally, averaging 19.7 assists per game. Iowa is leading the nation with a 1.99 assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • Iowa is one of 10 teams in the country to make the last four NCAA Tournaments and one of only three Big Ten teams to accomplish the feat (Purdue, Michigan State).

SCOUTING MARYLAND

  • The Terrapins have lost two straight and four of their last six games to fall to 11-8 overall and 3-5 in Big Ten play. Maryland has lost its last two games by a combined five points, falling at Northwestern, 72-69, on Jan. 17 and at home against Michigan State, 61-59.
  • Three Maryland players are averaging in double figures with Jahmir Young leading the team with a 20.7 scoring average, which is second in the Big Ten. The guard also has a team-high 73 assists, 27 steals, 33 3-pointers and 106 made free throws. He is an 89.8 percent free throw shooter to lead the league.
  • Julian Reese averages 13.4 points and team-highs in rebounds (9.8) and blocks (2.3). He is second in the Big Ten with eight double-doubles.
  • As a team, Maryland shoots 41.6 percent from the field 28.3 percent from 3-point range. The Terps are 13th in overall field goal percentage and last in 3-point percentage.
  • The Terps have the No. 1 scoring defense in the Big Ten, allowing 64 points per game.

SERIES HISTORY

  • Wednesday’s game will be the 16th meeting in an all-time series that began in 1984 at Hawai’i’s Rainbow Classic.
  • Iowa has won four straight and five of the last six in the series to take an 8-7 lead all-time. The Hawkeyes swept the season series in 2022-23 for the first time, winning 110-87 in College Park and 81-67 in Iowa City.
  • The 110 points were the most points scored in the series all-time.
  • The Hawkeyes have won the last three games against the Terps in Iowa City and are 4-2 at home against Maryland all-time.

 

LAST GAME | NO. 2 PURDUE 84, IOWA 70

The Boilermakers used a 19-2 run in the first half to build a double-digit lead en route to an 84-70 victory over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. It was Iowa’s second home loss of the season. The Hawkeyes finished with a higher field goal percentage in the loss, but Purdue held a 54-20 advantage on the glass. Tony Perkins scored a team-high 24 points, while Payton Sandfort scored 16 and Ben Krikke added 10.

MORE NOTABLES…

  • The Hawkeyes are 15th nationally in pace of play in 2023-24, averaging 76.4 possessions per 40 minutes.
  • Iowa hasn’t played in a game that has been decided by eight points or less this season.
  • Senior Patrick McCaffery has missed two straight games and three of the last four because of injury/illness.
  • Iowa has had six players hit the 20-point mark this season (Ben Krikke, Tony Perkins, Payton Sandfort, Patrick McCaffery, Owen Freeman and Josh Dix).
  • Since joining the starting lineup on Dec. 10 against Michigan, freshman Owen Freeman is averaging 11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, while shooting 68.7 percent from the field.
  • Ahoy 100. Iowa has reached the century mark in four games this season. The Hawkeyes have scored 100+ points 13 times since the start of the 2021-22 season.
  • The team is 6-1 when attempting at least 20 free throws, 8-2 when shooting 50+ percent from the field and 6-1 when making eight or more 3-pointers.
  • Iowa has had at least four players reach double digits in 12 games this season.
  • The Hawkeyes are 8-2 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season and 22-5 in its last 27 home games.
  • Iowa has won 89 of its last 95 nonconference home games, dating back to 2012.
  • The Hawkeyes had a season-high 15 steals and nine blocks in the win over NIU on Dec. 29. The Hawkeyes turned the 15 thefts into a season-best 38 fastbreak points.
  • Iowa has held four opponents under 40 percent shooting this season. The team is undefeated in the four contests.
  • The Hawkeyes held Florida A&M to 52 points on Dec. 16 in Des Moines — the fewest points allowed since giving up 51 points to Portland State in 2021.
  • Senior Tony Perkins has 50 assists to 11 turnovers over Iowa’s last eight games. Perkins has four games with seven or more assists. He is leading the team with 76 assists this season.
  • Junior Payton Sandfort has attempted 128 3-point field goals — the most in the Big Ten. He has 49 makes — second-most in the conference.
  • The Hawkeyes are fourth in the Big Ten in free throw percentage, making 75.1 percent of their attempts this season.
  • Sandfort has been Iowa’s leading rebounder (or tied for the team lead) in eight games this season. The forward is averaging a career-best 6.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 12th in the Big Ten.
  • The Hawkeyes have earned seven Big Ten weekly honors this season — Ben Krikke (Player of the Week – 11/20) and Owen Freeman (Freshman of Week (11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15). Freeman is the first Hawkeye freshman to earn the award in consecutive weeks and the six honors are a single season school record.
  • The Hawkeyes have placed fifth or better in the Big Ten standings in five straight and 10 of the last 11 years, and the program has won 10 or more Big Ten games in eight of the last nine seasons.
  • Iowa led the Big Ten and was 18th nationally in scoring offense (80.1). The Hawkeyes have led the league in scoring in seven of the last 11 seasons, including six straight years.

McCAFFERY: IOWA’S WINNINGEST HEAD COACH

• Head coach Fran McCaffery, who is in his 28th season as a head coach and 14th at Iowa, won his 272nd game as a Hawkeye on Jan. 15 at Minnesota, making him the winningest coach in program history.
• Iowa defeated Rutgers, 86-77, on Jan. 3, giving McCaffery his 127th career Big Ten victory. The victory moved McCaffery past Dr. Tom Davis for the most Big Ten wins in the record books.

DIX STEPPING UP

Sophomore Josh Dix is taking advantage extended playing time over his last three games. The guard is averaging 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 4.7 assists in 30.6 minutes.
• Dix posted a career-high in back-to-back games (and reached double figures in scoring in consecutive games for the first time in his career).
• He scored a career-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with five assists, four rebounds and two steals on Jan. 15 at Minnesota. It came on the heels of a 16-point outing against Nebraska, where he made a career-high five 3-point field goals.
• Against Purdue, Dix finished with nine points and a career-high seven assists.